Exploring the Gold Coast beaches of Queensland in Australia is a exhilarating coastal experience and surfers paradise if you like the sand, sea and surf.
The ideal beach experience is different for us all depending on what it is you love to do, but whether you dream of relaxing on long white sandy beaches, taking the dog for long walks, sun bathing, teaching the kids to swim or spending time out in the water surfing, paddle boarding or kayaking, the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, has the right beach for you.
With at least 21 beaches and 73 kilometres (43 miles) of coastline to choose from, there is something for everyone in and around the Gold Coast area and I’m here to share with you some of my favourite Gold Coast beach spots. Here are some of the top Gold Coast beaches to experience while in Queensland, Australia.
Having lived in Brisbane for the last ten years I’m slowly but surely getting to know the nooks and crannies of the Gold Coast, but over that time my needs have changed. When I first arrived with my husband, all those years ago, it was just the two of us and Surfers Paradise was where we always headed.
The Gold Coast Beaches in Video
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Visiting Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast
World famous for its surf and night life, Surfers Paradise is visited by thousands of tourists each year. With its numerous high-rise hotels and endless activities, such as, learning to surf, the beachfront markets, shopping, whale watching and stunning views from the SkyPoint Observation Deck, just to name a few, you won’t get bored.
As you can see from the picture below, the beaches of the Gold Coast ( This is Surfers Paradise ) stretch on for miles and miles into the far distance. These white sandy beaches are perfect for long brisk walks and for finding secluded private beach spots to simply sun bathe all day long.
Surfers Paradise is also a great base to explore what the surrounding area has to offer. There are theme parks galore to be found including Wet’n’Wild, Warner Bros. Movie World, Dreamworld and Sea World.
At Mount Tambourine you can walk amongst the canopies of the rainforest at the Mount Tamborine Skywalk, hike to hidden waterfalls, and explore glow worm caves. So, if you love the beach and also like some hustle and bustle, Surfers Paradise is one of the best places to start.
Northern Gold Coast Beaches to Visit
Other Northern Gold Coast beaches include Main Beach whose centre, at Tedder Avenue, is home to some upmarket restaurants, bars, and boutiques. This is an ideal area to dine if you want to get away from the busy nightlife found at Surfers Paradise.
Opposite Main Beach Tourist Park is the start of Federation walk, a 3.5 kilometre pedestrian walkway, which leads you up to The Spit. Here there is an off leash dog park and Doug Jennings Park, which is an ideal spot for water view picnics.
A Day in Broadbeach
As we head back down the coast to the central Gold Coast beaches you will come across Broadbeach. This is an excellent location to stay if you want plenty of shops and restaurants but want to be out of Surfers Paradise. Behind the beach you will find Jupiter’s Casino and Hotel, the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre and if you love to shop then Pacific Fair Shopping Centre is home to plenty of shops and eating places.
Mermaid, Nobby’s and Miami Beach
Back on the beach we continue down the long stretches of white sand and surf through Mermaid, Nobby’s and Miami beach. It’s here that we then reach the heritage listed Burleigh Head National Park where you get the chance to walk through the rainforest reserve that has beautiful ocean views and views of the Surfers Paradise skyline.
I now have two children in tow when I head to the beach, and as much as I love watching the surf, I prefer calmer waters when I have the kids with me. On a day when I took the kids down to explore the southern part of the Gold Coast, I found two beautiful calm water beaches where they could swim and play more independently.
They were on both sides of Currumbin Creek, behind Palm Beach and Currumbin Beach. These are amazing spots to paddle board, kayak, swim, and relax. They are stunning beaches with green water and lots of lush trees. At Palm Beach there is also another dog park and a large pirate playground next to a coffee shop. So it’s perfect for me and the children.
Drive to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
If you want to get to hold a koala, stroke a kangaroo or feed the lorikeets it’s only a few minutes in the car to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. You can spend all day there, get up close to Australian wildlife and not only is it enjoyable for the kids but for the adults too.
Other Southern Gold Coast Beaches
Other Southern Gold Coast beaches that are great for families are Greenmount Beach at Coolangatta and Rainbow Bay Beach. They are right on the boarder of New South Wales and at the right time of year you can even catch a glimpse of migrating whales from the shore. Along that coastline there are plenty of places to dine or grab a coffee and an ice cream.
This feature article on the Gold Coast beaches was produced with contribution from Michelle Upton. Michelle is a writer based in Brisbane, Australia. She loves to travel, write and inspire.
In short, the Gold Coast does not disappoint any visitor or beach lover. With miles of unspoilt sand white beaches and blue sky there is not much to ever get upset over.
There is so much on offer by the Gold Coast for everyone and, after being an aussie for a few years now, I’m still heading down that way at every opportunity and that’s always a good sign.